Last orders will be at 10pm from Thursday
Hospitality venues in England, including pubs, will have to close their doors by 10pm, the Prime Minister is due to announce in the House of Commons today (Tuesday September 22).
The nationwide curfew will come into play from Thursday September 24, with the rules being brought in to help halt the rapid rise of coronavirus cases across the country.
New measures will impact bars, pubs, restaurants and any other form of hospitality venue. The government is said to be introducing the rule nationwide after seeing its impact in areas like Bolton, where a curfew has already been established.
Venues will also have to impose a table-service-only rule when operating. It’s said that police will also be given new powers to fine up to £1,000 or even arrest those disobeying two-metre distancing rules in hospitality venues, according to The Guardian.
‘No one underestimates the challenges the new measures will pose to many individuals and businesses,’ said a Number 10 spokesperson.
Boris Johnson is also due to address the nation later in the day with a full update on these new measures, as well as a reminder on social distancing rules that continue to exist across the country.
Today, Mayor of London Sadiq Khan is also continuing talks around new measures for London to halt the spread of the virus in the capital. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we hear more. But for now, you can say goodbye to any big nights out for the foreseeable.